February 21, 2018

Iranian exiles say Iraq poised to attack Camp Ashraf

Agence France Presse (BRUSSELS) - Iraqi forces are preparing to attack the Ashraf Camp in Iraq housing thousands of outlawed Iranian dissidents, the leader of an Iranian opposition group, Maryam Rajavi, told AFP on Wednesday. The attack is "imminent", said Rajavi, who heads the National Council of Resistance of Iran. She warned of a potential "bloodbath" and added she was acting on information received "from within" Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards. She said that according to the information, Iraqi forces had finished training for an assault on the camp, home for the past 30 years to 3,400 Iranian dissidents, now facing expulsion by year's end. She called on the United … [Read more...]

Iranian-Americans to Obama: “Thank you for foiling the terrorist plot, now stand with Iranian people in their quest for regime change”

PRNewswire Urging America to get on the "Right Side of History", Groups Ask Obama to Unshackle Main Democratic Opposition Against the Regime LOS ANGELES, Oct. 19, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- Iranian-American communities in the United States are applauding the Obama administration and U.S. law enforcement agencies for their work in foiling the plot hatched by the Iranian regime to assassinate on U.S. soil the Saudi Ambassador to the United States. "This brazen plot to murder the Saudi diplomat and plant bombs in public places in the nation's capital show the extent to which Iran has undertaken a clandestine war on America's streets," said Nasser Sharif, of the Californian Society for … [Read more...]

Iranian exiles urge delay of Iraqi Camp Ashraf closure

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE BRUSSELS — Iranian dissidents, backed by Belgian, European and US politicians, Tuesday urged the international community to press Iraq to postpone the closure of a camp housing thousands of outlawed Iranians. "The US remains morally responsible for the people of Ashraf," said former Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean, referring to Camp Ashraf, home for the past 30 years to 3,400 Iranian dissidents, now facing expulsion by year's end. "We have 74 days left until the deadline," he told a gathering of hundreds in Brussels. "We have 74 days left until all the American troops are withdrawn and there is no protection left." The camp, which has become a … [Read more...]

USCCAR Demands US and UN Intervention as Iraq Sabotages Efforts to Resolve Camp Ashraf Humanitarian Crisis

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Oct. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The US Committee for Camp Ashraf Residents (USCCAR) deplores Iraqi government's nefarious actions which pave the way for another massacre at Camp Ashraf through sabotaging the efforts of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), which seeks to ensure the safe and secure resettlement of the residents of Camp Ashraf in third countries. USCCAR calls on President Obama to intervene immediately and compel the Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki to end the barbaric siege of Camp Ashraf and cooperate with the UNHCR. Similarly, USCCAR calls on the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to declare null and void … [Read more...]

Top US Security Officials Write Open Letter to President Obama: Delist MEK Now, Protect Camp Ashraf

FoxNews Fox News: More than a dozen of countries top security officials wrote an open letter to President Obama last week in the New York Times about a group they say has been falsely designated as terrorist. Former Secretary of Homeland Security,TomRidge, and former Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, were two of the authors of the letter who have joined us now to explain this. Gentlemen, this is an interesting group of leaders that came together to write a letter. They were Republican like yourself, along with Rudy Giuliani plus Democrats like Howard Dean and Governor Ed Rendel ... What was so important that you all wanted to write to President Obama? Mukasey: This group was … [Read more...]

Bi-Partisan Members of Congress Deplore 450-Day Delay by State Department in Completing Court-Mandated Review of MEK Designation

PRNewswire WASHINGTON, Oct. 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-iReach/ -- In a Congressional briefing on Wednesday, several Members of Congress deplored the State Department's unjustified 450-day delay in completing the Court-mandated review of the designation of Iran's main opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), as a Foreign Terrorist Organization (FTO), according to California Society for Democratic Iran. The briefing, moderated by Dr. Allan Gerson, former Chief Counsel to the U.S. delegation to the United Nations and Deputy Assistant Attorney General (for Office of the Legal Counsel), featured Reps. Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), Chair of the Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, John … [Read more...]

Ending hypocrisy of terrorist designation

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Friends are branded as enemies while real enemies are appeased As two current high-profile cases demonstrate, the U.S. government’s practice of listing “foreign terrorist organizations” (FTOs) has become an increasingly dangerous and hollow political exercise rather than a sober assessment of the real threats to America. Last month, Afghanistan’s ruthless Haqqani Network reportedly staged a brazen attack against the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The Haqqanis, who conduct grisly terrorist attacks on hotels, embassies and other targets to advance their agenda to become power brokers in a future political settlement, reportedly are responsible for hundreds of American … [Read more...]

Tehran’s Foes, Unfairly Maligned

THE NEW YORK TIMES Washington - As the United States tries to halt Iran’s nuclear program and prepares to withdraw troops from Iraq, American voters should ask why the Obama administration has bent to the will of Tehran’s mullahs and their Iraqi allies on a key issue: the fate of 3,400 unarmed members of the exiled Iranian opposition group, Mujahedeen Khalq, who are living in Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad. The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, has brazenly murdered members of the Mujahedeen Khalq. Mr. Maliki justifies his attacks by noting that the group is on the United States’ official list of foreign terrorist organizations. In April, Iraqi … [Read more...]

New York Times: Delist MEK (PMOI) Now, Protect Camp Ashraf

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Taking Iranian Opposition Group Off U.S. Terror List

THE NEW YORK TIMES It is a valid observation that a majority of Iraqis, including Shiites, hate the Iranian regime (“Vacuum Is Feared as U.S. Quits Iraq, but Iran’s Deep Influence May Not Fill It,” news article, Oct. 9). Yet Tehran, worried about the consequences of the Arab Spring and faced with a growing domestic crisis and isolation, still seeks to manipulate Iraq by controlling its security apparatus and supporting paramilitary groups. Under the circumstances, the regime and the pro-engagement crowd are paranoid over the likelihood of the removal of the principal Iranian opposition movement, the Mujahedeen Khalq, or MEK, from the State Department’s Foreign Terrorist Organizations … [Read more...]